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Toxic Lead in Drinking Water Was Found in San Diego Unified School District. Thousands of Families May Be Affected.
On November 2nd, 2018, San Diego NBC News made a shocking announcement to the public: toxic lead was discovered in the drinking water in the San Diego Unified School District which prompted school officials to shut off the water there. The water tested at several locations at Fletcher Elementary School exceeded the SDUSD’s standards and federal standards.
High levels of lead in drinking water have been also found in other schools within the SDUSD. According to Drinking Water Sampling Results published by the SDUSD, excessive levels of lead (above 15 ppb) were found in 15 different schools across San Diego.
Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children. According to the Word Health Organization, lead in the body is distributed to the brain, liver, kidney and bones. It is stored in the teeth and bones, where it accumulates over time. Lead in bone is released into blood during pregnancy and becomes a source of exposure to the developing fetus.
Long term effects of lead may substantially affect your child’s health. Lead exposure is linked with reduced intelligence, learning disabilities, low graduation rates, and criminal behavior.
Children Who Might Have Been Exposed to Lead Are Entitled to Undergo Testing.
If your child attended a school in San Diego during the past 10 years, he/she may be affected by toxic lead. The only way to determine if your child has suffered lead poisoning is to have a blood test. This will check the child’s blood level limit, and this can be compared to previous tests before your child started attending school.If the blood lead levels have increased, you may have claims for compensation.